01 - Morning 02 - Dolly Pardon 03 - Clawing Your Eyes Out Down To Your Throat 04 - Shenandoah 05 - Holler 06 - Tremble Valley Peady 07 - Chicken Legs 08 - Cattle Call 10 - Unshackled 10 - Arkansas Explorer 11 - Calling 12 - I Must Die 13 - Wide Open Spaces
Personnel: Drew Daniel, M.C. Schmidt, Vicki Bennett, Jon Leidecker
People Like Us: http://www.peoplelikeus.org
This is a joint show by People Like Us, Wobbly and Matmos. All three groups give permission for this collaborative show to be downloaded and shared on a non-profit basis. Please do not take it that permission is given for uploading of any other Wobbly or Matmos track to this site until you read specific permission from the bands themselves.
July 11, 2007 Subject:
PLU / Matmos do wonderful studio work; they know how to edit flawlessly and their quirky nature gives the normal bland radio music a run for it's money (which is such a greed-filled product). Great stuff!! Highly recommended for people who don't follow the commercial 'music' radio stations. Free minds think alike. 5 stars, obviously.
July 11, 2007 Subject:
Artsy - Fartsy, heavy on the fartsy
Random assortment of noise set to a rhythm? So lame I was compelled to get a library card in order to write a review. Rap artists would even say "this is not music". I feel like a part of me has died inside.
November 13, 2005 Subject:
The countryside as heard by town people... or the contrary?
An excerpt from the People Like Us website to cut the story short:
"Having mutually agreed upon a country and western theme, Vicki Bennett (PLU), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos) pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing Nashville's finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitching the mangled shreds in a kind of crazed digital quilting bee. Several tense rehearsals and strong pots of tea later, the foursome shuffled on stage and delivered the goods: from panoramic twangfests to offkilter waltzes to barn burning stompers. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slapstick the next, Wide Open Spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humor, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. While the presence of five samplers, four laptops, three CD players and a pedal steel guitar on one stage could have led to a tediously ego-driven "jam" or simply cacophany, the results feel lushly detailed but not cluttered, and swing naturally between structure and freedom. It's an international media magpie summit where country's chick-a-boom meets tech house's boom-tschak, and tearjerking sentiment and patriotic hokum are subjected to a dense shower of coughs, sputters and rude noises. Listening back to the recorded results, all three musical units agreed that this concert was mighty fine, and worth sharing."
After a summer-long intensive search for freely available media, I must admit this is the best match! A very good sound quality (DI-ed from the desk), a witty concept and lots of catchy sampled tunes!